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GAA | Diarmuid Connolly retires from inter-county football

Diarmuid Connolly has announced his retirement from inter-county football.

The Dublin forward, who made his senior debut in 2007, retires having won six All-Ireland titles, 10 Leinster titles and four National Football Leagues.

Regarded as one of the best forwards of his generation, the 33-year-old also won two All-Stars during a glittering career with the Boys in Blue.

The St. Vincent's Star took a break from Dublin in the summer of 2018 to play with Donegal Boston in the United States, before returning last year to help the Dubs claim an historic five-in-a-row.

His last start for the All-Ireland champions came against Tyrone in the Super 8s last year.

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"I have come to the decision to retire from representing Dublin GAA at inter-county level," Connolly said in a statement.

"I have been fortunate enough to play with an incredible group of players and I have cherished memories for life.

"Throughout my journey with Dublin, I was lucky to have shared it with an exceptional collection of friends who displayed unwavering support and loyalty to me during my time.

"I would like to thank my club, St Vincent's GAA and the Dublin County Board for giving me the opportunity to represent Dublin from underage to senior level.

"There was always a strong relationship between the county board, the teams and players and this had a notable influence on how we performed.

"I would like to express my eternal appreciation to the incredibly loyal, passionate and devoted Dublin supporters, who were always there for us, no matter the score. You will always hold a special place in my heart.

"Thanks for the memories."

 

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